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10 Exhibitions To See in Los Angeles During Frieze Art Week 2020

  • Installation view of Hank Willis Thomas at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, taking place during Frieze Los Angeles (Paramount Pictures Studio)
February 12, 2020
A philosophy graduate interested in critical theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

Frieze Los Angeles returns to Paramount Pictures Studios after the sold-out success of its inaugural edition in 2019. Taking place from February 14th until February 16th, 2020, the fair will bring together more than 70 of the most eminent galleries from Los Angeles, the United States and around the world, as well as a program of on-site artist commissions and events extending throughout the city.

There will also be a rich selection of fairs taking place that same weekend, including Felix Art Fair, seeking to create an intimate experience that prioritizes connoisseurship, collaboration, and community; Art Los Angeles Contemporary, presenting top established and emerging galleries from around the world, with a strong focus on Los Angeles galleries, and Spring/Break Art Show, an internationally recognized exhibition platform from New York returning to the West Coast for the second time.

When you’re done with the fair-hopping, be sure to check out these amazing exhibitions taking place in L.A. museums and galleries concurrently with the Frieze Art Week LA 2020.

Featured image: Installation view of Hank Willis Thomas at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, via Kayne Griffin Corcoran.

  • Installation view of Richard Prince at the Gagosian in Los Angeles

Richard Prince at Gagosian

Best known for his use of appropriated imagery, Richard Prince is presenting works from his latest New Portraits series at Gagosian. All the works have been sourced from Instagram, with the artist explaining he was looking for “portraits that are upside down, sideways, at arm’s length, taken within the space that a body can hold a camera phone.” Each portrait is then printed onto a canvas similar to photo paper, giving the images a photographic look imbued with intense, saturated and rich colors.

The exhibition New Portraits will be on view at Gagosian until March 21st, 2020.

Featured image: Installation view of Richard Prince at the Gagosian. Photo By Jeff McLane.

  • Hank Willis Thomas - Sundown (Color Bar), 2019, taking place during Frieze Art Fair Week 2020 in Los Angeles

Hank Willis Thomas at Kayne Griffin Corcoran

An American conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history, and popular culture, Hank Willis Thomas is currently having his first solo exhibition at Kayne Griffin Corcoran.

All Colored Cast explores color theory, popular culture, the development of Pop Art, Color Field painting, Minimalism, and the Hollywood film industry, more particularly, delving into how framing and context influence what and how a viewer sees. Through retroreflective prints and sculptural works, the artist engages the viewer to shift their position and engage directly, taking an active role as an agent and image-maker.

The exhibition All Colored Cast will be on view at Kayne Griffin Corcoran until March 7th, 2020.

Featured image: Hank Willis Thomas – Sundown (Color Bar), 2019. UV print on retroreflective vinyl. Photographed with flash.

  • New Images of Man, Installation view, on view at Blum and Poe Gallery in Los Angeles

New Images of Man at Blum and Poe

Blum and Poe is hosting a group show that revisits and expands upon the Museum of Modern Art’s eponymous 1959 group exhibition curated by Peter Selz that brought together artists whose work grappled with the human condition in the wake of the traumatic fallout of the Second World War.

Titled New Images of Man and curated by Alison M. Gingeras, the show brings together works by emblematic figures from the original MoMA line up of artists, such as de Kooning, Dubuffet, Bacon, Giacometti and Westermann, while including those from the same generation that have been overlooked at the time such as Niki de Saint Phalle, Yuki Katsura, Carol Rama, and Lee Lozano.

The exhibition New Images of Man will be on view at Blum and Poe until March 14th, 2020.

Featured image: New Images of Man, Installation view. Photo by Makenzie Goodman.

  • Work by Ellen Berkenblit, on view at Jeffrey Deitch Gallery

All of Them Witches at Jeffrey Deitch

The current exhibition at Jeffrey Deitch brings together artists that use the iconography of the supernatural, occult, and witchcraft to channel ideas about power, the body, and gender.

All of Them Witches is about the aesthetic influence of those traditions, not the actual practice behind it. It features works which touche on spells and incantations, wishes and curses, crossing into works about or employing notions of gender, puberty, sex, the historical occult, cartoons, ritual, landscape, and fantasy.

Among artists on view are Hollis Sigler, Gertrude Abercrombie, Marilyn MinterCindy Sherman, Bea Nettles, Judy Chicago and Niki de Saint Phalle.

The exhibition All of Them Witches will be on view at Jeffrey Deitch until April 11th, 2020.

Featured image: Work by Ellen Berkenblit, via Jeffrey Deitch.

  • Lucio Fontana, Spatial Environment in Black Light, 1948 - 1949. Installation view, Museo d'Arte Mendrisio, 2008, on view at at Hauser and Wirth Gallery, taking place during Los Angeles Fairs Weeks

Lucio Fontana at Hauser and Wirth

Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero in collaboration with the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milan, the upcoming exhibition at Hauser and Wirth highlights Lucio Fontana‘s critical contribution to the evolution of conceptual art and the confluence of art with science and technology as a means to explore aspects of human perceptual experience.

Lucio Fontana. Walking the Space: Spatial Environments, 1948 – 1968 brings together nine of Fontana’s environments, dating from the years spanning 1948 to 1968, revealing the artist’s revolutionary approach to artmaking as a quest to “open up space, create a new dimension, tie in the cosmos, as it endlessly expands beyond the confining plane of the picture.”

The exhibition Lucio Fontana. Walking the Space: Spatial Environments, 1948 – 1968 will be on view at Hauser and Wirth from February 13th until April, 12th 2020.

Featured image: Lucio Fontana, Spatial Environment in Black Light, 1948 – 1949. Installation view, Museo d’Arte Mendrisio, 2008 © Fondazione Lucio Fontana by SIAE. Photo by Stefano Spinelli.

  • Luchita Hurtado - Untitled, c. 1959, taking place during the Frieze Art Fair

Luchita Hurtado at LACMA

A Venezuelan born artist, poet, ecologist, feminist and activist, Luchita Hurtado managed to construct peculiar, yet authentic practice rooted in Surrealism. However, prior to 2016, the remarkable breadth of Hurtado’s eight-decade career was virtually unknown, as her works were kept in storage and out of public view for most of her life.

The upcoming exhibition at LACMA will be the first career survey of her paintings and works on paper. Luchita Hurtado: I Live I Die I Will Be Reborn (previously shown at Serpentine Galleries in London) will explore her early forays into abstraction, her consistent use of the body as a subject, her experiments with language, and her recent engagement with issues of environment and ecology.

The exhibition Luchita Hurtado: I Live I Die I Will Be Reborn will be on view at LACMA from February 16th until May 3rd, 2020.

Featured image: Luchita Hurtado – Untitled, c. 1951. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Janet Dreisen Rappaport through the 2019 Collectors Committee, © Luchita Hurtado, courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth, photo: Genevieve Hanson.

  • Anthony Hernandez - Los Angeles #1 (detail), 1969, taking place during the Frieze Art Fair

Unseen at Getty Center

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of its photographs collection, the Getty Center is hosting an exhibition of photographs never before displayed at the Getty.

It features everything from 19th-century European and American photographs from the early days of the medium, to contemporary works produced around the world. The display includes works from artists such as Anthony Hernandez, Carrie Mae WeemsOsamu ShiiharaDawoud BeySharon Core, Daniel Naudé, Walker EvansMalick Sidibé and Roger Fenton.

The exhibition Unseen. 35 Years of Collecting Photographs will be on view at Getty Center until March 8th, 2020.

Featured image: Anthony Hernandez – Los Angeles #1 (detail), 1969. Gelatin silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Purchased in part with funds provided by the Photographs Council. © Anthony Hernandez.

  • Shirin Neshat - Untitled, from Roja series, 2016, taking place during Frieze Art Fair Week 2020 in Los Angeles ((Paramount Pictures Studio)

Shirin Neshat at The Broad

The Broad is hosting the largest exhibition to date of Shirin Neshat’s approximately 30-year career.

Titled Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again, a title took from a poem by Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzas, the show brings together over 230 photographs and eight immersive video installations works, beginning with her early photograph series, Women of Allah. It will offer a rare glimpse into the evolution of Neshat’s artistic journey as she explores topics of exile, displacement, and identity with beauty, dynamic formal invention, and poetic grace.

The exhibition Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again will be on view at The Broad until February 16th, 2020.

Featured image: Shirin Neshat – Untitled, from Roja series, 2016.

  • Paul McCarthy - Indian Mummy (detail), 1965, taking place during the Frieze Art Fair (Paramount Pictures Studio)

Paul McCarthy at the Hammer Museum

The Hammer Museum brings the first comprehensive survey in the United States of drawings and works on paper by the Los Angeles–based artist Paul McCarthy.

Revealing a rarely examined aspect of the artist’s oeuvre, Paul McCarthy: Head Space, Drawings 1963–2019 offers a greater understanding of this influential artist and social commentator. It features 600 works on paper selected from McCarthy’s archive, addressing themes of violence, humor, death, sex, and politics, and featuring extensive art-historical and pop-cultural references.

The exhibition Paul McCarthy: Head Space, Drawings 1963–2019 /i> will be on view at the Hammer Museum until May 10th, 2020.

Featured image: Paul McCarthy – Indian Mummy (detail), 1965. Ink on newsprint, five parts: four parts, 12 × 18 in. (30.5 × 45.7 cm) each; one part, 15 3/4 × 21 1/2 in. (40 × 54.6 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

  • Installation view of With Pleasure- Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985 at MOCA Grand Avenue, taking place during Frieze Art Fair Week 2020 in Los Angeles

Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985 at MOCA

MOCA is hosting the first full-scale scholarly survey of the groundbreaking American art movement, Pattern and Decoration.

With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985 brings together works by approximately fifty artists, in painting, sculpture, collage, ceramics, installation art, and performance documentation. This exhibition will include artists widely regarded as comprising the core of the movement, such as Valerie Jaudon, Joyce Kozloff, Robert Kushner, Kim MacConnel, and Miriam Schapiro; artists whose contributions to the movement have been underrecognized, such as Merion Estes, Dee Shapiro, Kendall Shaw, and Takako Yamaguchi; as well as artists who are not normally considered in the context of the movement, such as Emma Amos, Billy Al Bengston, Al Loving, and Betty Woodman.

The exhibition With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985 will be on view MOCA until May 18th, 2020.

Featured image: Installation view of With Pleasure- Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985 at MOCA Grand Avenue.